It can be tough moving internationally and even after a few years you can still get a bit homesick.
Thankfully, we’ve been lucky to have a steady stream of visitors since we moved to Paris 7 years ago. It’s great for helping keep your roots, especially for children who have started to consider themselves French by now.
Visits are normally only a couple of days and it never ceases to amaze me how many souvenirs people head off home with. Just like any other major city, Paris has its fair share of kitschy souvenirs on offer. Did you know the word souvenir itself is French?
I guess most people are on a budget when they travel, and plane tickets, car rentals, hotels and train passes tend to eat up most of that quickly. So visitors love the idea of cheap gifts to bring home to friends and family that won’t break the bank. But they want something more unusual than an Eiffel Tower key chain.
We recently came across a French company called La Plume de Louise who design posters, games / toys, decorative objects and stationery with drawings inspired by the capital of France and even though we live in Paris ourselves, our children love the designs from La Plume de Louise for themselves. In fact we often end up buying presents for friends from there as well as the products capture the spirit of the city perfectly.
This season they are working with Magali Tessier, who imagined scenes of Parisian life to decorate the emblem of the capital, the Eiffel Tower.
If you happen to live in Paris or are visiting, La Plume de Louise have their own shop on 3, rue Jean du Bellay – 75004 Paris but feel free to visit their website as well.
Colouring books but also a 9 months journal and some other books.
Try making sentences… Magnets to stick on the fridge.
Let your children build and colour in the Eiffel Tower… No scissors or glue needed! Available in different sizes.